About the Pitt-Titusville Education and Training Hub
In February 2018, the University of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed the creation of the Titusville Training and Education Hub (Hub). The Hub will provide Titusville and the residents and industries in Northwest Pennsylvania with opportunities for higher education and skills training to invigorate the workforce. The University of Pittsburgh at Titusville, together with colleagues from the Bradford and Pittsburgh campuses, are committed to ensuring the success of the Titusville campus. Pitt’s commitment is evidenced by substantial financial resources allocated for capital renovations across the campus, along with leading the development and launch of several new educational and training programs for regional workforce demands.
The current Hub partners include Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC), Manufacturing Assistance Center (MAC) in Pitt’s own Swanson School of Engineering, and Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC).
Manchester Bidwell (MBC) serves as the parent company for a number of affiliates and provides them with consolidated administrative functions such as finance, human resources, development, facility maintenance, marketing, and public relations. Affiliates include: • Bidwell Training Center: an adult career-training school which offers vocational training at no cost to the student in medical services, horticulture, chemical laboratory technology, and culinary arts. • The Drew Mathieson Center for Horticultural and Agricultural Technology: a commercial and educational greenhouse specializing in botanical and controlled agricultural production. • Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild: after-school arts and music programming for disadvantaged youth. • Manchester Bidwell Development Trust: created in 1998 to establish endowments to secure and sustain the programs of BTC and MCG. At the Hub, Manchester Bidwell Corporation will replicate its world-renowned program on a smaller scale by establishing a Workforce & Opportunity Center for adults and youth. The center will fill employer needs through strong partnerships with leading regional corporations, agencies, and organizations. The initial offerings at the Hub will include: a medical assistant program and a ceramics studio. MBC has the capacity to expand program offerings as demand and opportunities are identified
Pitt-Swanson Engineering – MAC
Manufacturing Assistance Center (MAC) is an initiative of the University of Pitt’s own Swanson School of Engineering. It is a technology transfer center with a highly skilled staff and a state-of-the-art working factory. The MAC offers hands-on training on a number of advanced machine tools and computer aided manufacturing software programs. The MAC offers comprehensive precision machinist training programs, setup and operations of manual and computer numerical control (CNC) machining and coding, training on computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software, and technical math and communication skills. The initial class will offer trainees daily opportunities to advance their skills and understanding of the machinery found in most manufacturing environments, such as lathes, mills, drill presses, grinders, and saws.
Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC)
Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC) was established in May 2017 and began operating as an independent institution in January 2020. NPRC is a publicly funded higher-education institution offering associate degrees, certificates, and workforce development training at affordable costs. At the Hub, NPRC will offer the opportunity to engage in all of its associate degree programs. The current programs are in business administration, criminal justice, early-childhood education, liberal studies, and social sciences. Additionally, NPRC offers a general-education certificate program preparing students for the nursing program at Titusville offered through the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
The Hub is an innovative education and training model that will contribute to the economic development for the Titusville community and surrounding area. The Hub leadership continues to explore new programs that can be added to the curriculum to grow the Hub well into the future. The Hub will infuse energy into the Titusville community and benefit the entire region.
The goals of the Titusville Hub are to be responsive, innovative, and invigorating.
Responsive To stay current with the changing economic needs of the six-county region, we must remain nimble and ready to adapt. Harnessing community input and the expertise of each partner organization, the hub will offer tailored educational and training programs to meet regional workforce demands.
Innovative Never before have a university, a two-year public college, and a career training organization combined forces to fuel a region’s economic rebirth. The hub is reimagining post-secondary education and will continue to evolve and innovate in response to the changing economy.
Invigorating Our region’s economy has been floundering, faced with an aging workforce, a high poverty rate, and unemployed and underemployed residents. The hub will combat these effects by preparing residents to be highly skilled workers and helping the six counties compete more effectively with the rest of the state by boosting employment, filling open jobs, and attracting and retaining residents.
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